The director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Dr Praveen Shingare, may face action for contempt of court. The Bombay high court on Monday severely criticised him for purportedly giving a complete go by to its earlier order regarding appointment of medical professionals for serving bond periods.
“We are inclined to issue a notice for contempt of court to the DMER,” the division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice Nishita Mhatre said while hearing a bunch of petitions filed by doctors either having super-specialty or broad specialty degrees.
“You go on your own sweet will,” the judges said referring to what transpired during September 5, 2011, camp held for placement of MBBS degree-holders for the vacant posts of medical officers.
The camp was held pursuant to earlier orders of the court to first appoint available MBBS degree holders as medical officers. Although, nearly 800 candidates appeared, Dr Shingare appointed only 28. The judges have now directed the government to undertake fresh exercise to appoint available MBBS degree-holders for vacant posts of medical officers and consider candidates with higher qualifications, if seats still remain vacant.